Director, Project Manager Pharmaceutical R&D

Lake Forest, Illinois
January 08 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Why Patients Need You

Pfizer Global Product Development supports clinical and late stage development of medicines to deliver breakthroughs that change patients' lives.

What You Will Achieve

Do you want to be an important member of Pfizer's Portfolio & Project Management (PPM) Team? Are your Project Management skills, that you have refined over many years of pharmaceutical development experience, able to ensure alignment between development strategies and the execution of clear operational objectives ? If yes, then as a important member of the PPM Team you can help ensure that the medicines, that we bring to patients, are able to be developed on time and within budget.

As a Director level Project Manager, your advanced knowledge for the PM principles, and the concepts across the discipline of Project Management, will enable you to lead highly capable teams. Your ability to lead teams to create the right strategies and manage project to these plans will help us deliver on our purpose of breakthroughs that change patients' lives.

The Asset Project Manager (Asset PM) provides comprehensive project management for Pfizer asset teams to ensure alignment and execution of research, development, medical, and commercial strategic and operational objectives. The Asset PM serves as the program operational leader ensuring all cross functional deliverables are achieved on or ahead of schedule, within budget target, and with quality that meets or exceeds business needs. The Asset PM's responsibilities encompass asset strategic and scenario planning, program and submission execution, team effectiveness, resource management, risk management, and information and communication management. The Asset PM needs to have comprehensive understanding of the governance process, strategic and tactical planning, and the foundational tools that support planning, communication, and continuous improvements in the area of operational delivery.

Job Responsibilities:

Asset Program Development, Strategy, and Planning
  • Working with Asset Team leadership, leads development of integrated program plans (e.g., Development, Lifecycle, and Operating plans) and ensures alignment with the overall candidate strategic plan and operational and Partner Line plans for the program scope, which may span from Lead Development to Loss of Exclusivity.
  • Drives decision point planning and the associated deliverables across all functions of the team and contributes to the strategic planning process for the project.
  • Offers leadership in asset-level planning, including development and assessment of scenarios and options, robust decision criteria, risk management, and internal/external communication and stakeholder management strategies.
  • In partnership with the Asset Team Leader, Finance Lead, and Partner Line representatives, accountable for developing and maintaining an integrated program level budget and accurate updated annual forecasts.
  • Designs, recommends, and implements new processes, approaches, or tools to manage the program or team.
  • Provides timeline and budget inputs for asset valuation.

Project Execution and Delivery
  • Provides cross-functional operational leadership to the team and Leads the development and coordination of program level goals.
  • Monitors activities across all team members and line functions involved in the program to ensure achievement of key decision points and milestones according to time, cost, and quality parameters of the endorsed plan.
  • Proactively identifies and manages emerging changes and opportunities; drives iterations of the plans collaboratively with the Project Planner to make updates in the project schedule; works with the team to optimize resource utilization and maximize return on investment.
  • Reviews and/or approves operational activities and costs; monitors and manages program activities against the approved budget; leads the team to manage exposures through internal tradeoffs or seek approval for additional budget as necessary.
  • Negotiates the allocation of Partner Line resources to support the endorsed strategy and development plan.
  • Facilitates the identification of operation and project/program issues and risks and drives resolution through a matrix environment, effectively documenting decisions/rationale.
  • Drives process and accountabilities matrix for key cross functional deliverables.
  • Drives team process for preparation of governance presentations (in some cases creating slides and/or integrating inputs to prepare the presentation).

Program Risk Analysis and Management
  • Leads the team in the preparation, implementation, maintenance, communication, and management of integrated asset risk management plans, including risk assessment and risk mitigation strategies.
  • Proactively identifies operational and program issues, facilitates development of team recommendations and action options, and ensures appropriate escalation to senior leadership and Partner Lines.
  • Partners with team and department leadership to identify options to de-risk project plans and capitalize on opportunities.
  • Provides assessment of timing of investment triggers and go/no go decision points.

Information and Communication Management
  • Responsible for the development and management of the communication plan for the program, including stakeholder management plan.
  • Ensures effective, accurate, and timely communication of program information to meet the needs of the asset team and stakeholders.
  • Participates in representing the asset team in governance presentations, Operating Plan reviews, stakeholder discussions, and other venues.
  • Provides complete, accurate and timely timeline, budget and resource information in appropriate Pfizer systems to enable effective portfolio management and decision making.
  • Drives development of project level goals that contribute to the overall goals of the business and monitors progress against these goals, working in close association with the Portfolio Directors.
  • Provides project information necessary to support portfolio-level decision making and prioritization.
  • For Proof of Concept or pivotal study readouts (and as appropriate data monitoring committees and interim analyses), coordinates internal and external communication plans.
  • Conducts lessons learned and after action reviews.

Team Effectiveness
  • Utilizes negotiation, facilitation, meeting management, and conflict resolution skills to enhance cross-functional team performance.
  • Understands and communicates team roles/responsibilities; helps new team members get up to speed on the project, and ensures all team members have access to project information necessary to be successful.
  • Ensures all appropriate team member views have been raised and incorporated into team decisions as appropriate.
  • Identifies team performance issues and partners with team leadership to recommend and develop appropriate actions.
  • Ensures cross-functional process efficiencies are identified and maximized in accordance with team project goals.
  • Leads team chartering process.
  • Leads implementation of team health survey.
  • Models optimal team member and meeting etiquette behaviors, encourages straight talk.
  • Clarifies project deliverables/workload to enable Partner Lines to assess resource needs, raise gaps, and partner with team leadership to resolve.


Candidate demonstrates a breadth of diverse leadership experiences and capabilities including: the ability to influence and collaborate with peers, develop and coach others, oversee and guide the work of other colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.

Training & Education:
  • Bachelor's degree in one of the disciplines related to drug development or business required. Advanced degree (PhD, PharmD, MBA) desirable.
  • Mastery of project management skills and product development.
  • Directors are preferred to have 10 or more years of relevant experience.
  • Professional PM Certification (Project Management Professional [PMP] or equivalent) desirable.

Prior Experience/Skills:
  • Strong track record of performance on cross-functional teams and results through effective implementation of project management methodology, tools, and techniques.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in drug development, medical, and/or commercial disciplines with proven performance in business performance and project delivery.
  • Strong leadership, negotiation, interpersonal, communication, and meeting facilitation skills.
  • Experience with stakeholder management, governance management, and communicating key messages to senior-level stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize project management tools and techniques (such as developing integrated project plans, critical path management, project change control, project risk management, and decision analysis).
  • Extensive hands-on experience using Microsoft Project or equivalent project planning system to create and manage project timelines (Planisware and Snapshot experience highly desirable).
  • Familiarity with clinical trial execution, working with contract research organizations, budget management, and related areas highly desirable.
  • Track record for delivery against challenging personal and team goals.
  • Knowledge of medical and commercial issues that drive late stage development and life cycle management is desired.
  • Proven ability to succeed in a fast-paced, challenging and complex matrix team environment.

Displays pharmaceutical business acumen including:
  • Knowledgeable about industry trends.
  • Familiar with the competition and with market environment.
  • Understands how asset strategies unfold in the market.
  • Able to understand and question the basic scientific assumptions underlying a drug development program/project.
  • Able to challenge and understand the implications of each discipline's actions on others in order to reach decision points effectively.
  • Able to think strategically and operationally around the application of science and investment in drug development to optimize business benefit.

Knowledge of the fundamentals of Project Management and its application to drug development.
  • Able to practically apply the principles of project management process to drug development directed towards goal delivery.
  • Able to partner with internal and external project management experts to develop and advance best practice.

Project Execution & Risk Management
  • Displays flexibility, problem-solving, and resourcefulness to drive path forward in ambiguous and constrained circumstances.
  • Able to interpret project data to support critical decision-making and impacts.
  • Manages project to approved timelines and budget.
  • Leads team to proactively identify and manage risks and issues.
  • Understands and can communicate the business impact of risks to the team.
  • Leverages experience to identify and drive the team to address complex risks.

Translates Strategy into Execution
  • Demonstrated ability to translate strategy into effective operational goals and tactical plans.
  • Able to drive cross-functional and cross- geographic alignment to strategic plans and goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand how internal and external influences affect strategy and operational plans.

Drives Team Effectiveness
  • Proven ability to develop and implement team structure and process.
  • Evidence of ability to recognize areas for continuous improvement in team function and influence change.
  • Able to represent feedback of team members to broader team without bias.
  • Able to drive team consensus around difficult issues.
  • Able to represent views of management to team without bias.
  • Evidence of supporting organizational change and acting as a leader in helping team to adapt to change.
  • Demonstrated ability to challenge team members to higher levels of performance.

Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus: YES


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